LOS ANGELES — The official autopsy report for Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill black man shot to death by Los Angeles police in August, was released by the county coroner’s office Monday after the Los Angeles Police Department lifted an investigative hold that had blocked the report from public view for over four months.
The coroner’s investigation ruled Ford’s death a homicide by multiple gunshot wounds.
Ford, 25, was killed by LAPD officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, both on gang enforcement detail, shortly after 8 p.m. on Aug. 11 in the Florence neighborhood of South LA. The report provides the first detailed account from authorities of his injuries.
According to the autopsy report, Ford was shot three times, resulting in two fatal wounds and one nonfatal.
The skin around the fatal wound in Ford’s back had a “muzzle imprint,” which suggests that the shot was taken at close range. The second fatal wound was in Ford’s side abdomen. A third wound, ruled nonfatal by the coroner’s investigation, was on his right arm.
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